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Stu’s message of positivity delivered with a heaping helping of humour resonates with his audience. But don’t take our word for it - here are some comments from people who have seen Stu in action.

“Stu captures the students’ undivided attention within about 30 seconds of speaking and he keeps their attention until the very end. He isn’t preachy; he conveys his message in a humourous and meaningful manner that kids (and adults) really relate to.”

- Kaia Hurst, Osgoode Township High School

“He is the most awesome guy you will ever meet”. Really holds the group’s attention and passed on skills, knowledge and expertise that they will be able to use for a lifetime. All the Youth Forum participants LOVED him I can’t think of a thing that I would change about how Stu worked with our National Youth Leadership Forum. I am just sorry that we did not have more time to spend with him and that not more provinces and territories were present to learn from him.”

- Sara Lynn Cleave, Skills Canada - National Youth Leadership Forum

“In each of the past three years, the Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region has hosted a Youth Symposium for 1,200 grade 7 and 8 students. Stu Saunders has presented twice, and each time got rave reviews as the best speaker at the event. Stu’s humorous journey through his own life experiences makes for a powerful and inspirational message–one that is life-changing for many of the students attending.
We look forward to having Stu Saunders back soon!”

- Jack Reynolds, Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region

Check out the article in the Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin Here. It features Stu speaking at the Collingwood Career Expo.

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    Students were very engaged, enthusiastic and excited. Stu is hilarious…seriously. “Humour is never a bad thing” said one student.

    ~Annalisa Varano - Vice Principal - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
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    They say a great presenter “leaves them wanting more”. Well, we loved your presentation and the entire team asked me when you will be back! You are truly STUpendous!

    ~Nancy Klensch - Founder of Summit Kids
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    Stu is an energetic, entertaining and dynamic presenter. He captures is audiences’ attention and keeps the room engaged for the entire presentation! His stories in his presentation captures everyone at different points, even the teachers!

    ~Sara Meaney - Cobourg Collegiate Institute
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    Stu was great! Staff and students felt it really broke the anxiety in the building and we even got cupcakes today from one of the students.

    ~Carrie Rowlandson - William Aberhart High School, Calgary Alberta
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    Stu was fantastic. There is nothing better than seeing 600 adolescents laughing their heads off. He delivers a terrific message and has the entire audience engaged, thinking, listening and most importantly laughing within seconds, and he keeps it going for over an hour. Thanks again on behalf of the Shores!!

    ~Doug Woods - Vice Principal, Nantyr Shores Secondary School
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    Stu’s speech did exactly what I hoped it would do when I tried to bring him in: it brought the school together for a good laugh while empowering the student body to be the change they wish to see in their classroom. I feel he hit this goal perfectly.

    ~Steven Fotheringham - Oakville Trafalgar High School
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    I really liked how the speech really just seemed like Stu was telling us funny stories, but he always related it back to the overall message. It didn’t sound like a speech at all, it was as if he was just talking to the crowd. I would say that he is excellent in connecting with the audience and keeping them entertained. There was not a two minute period in Stu’s speech were nobody was laughing. He kept us amused throughout the entire presentation. I thought he was perfect.

    ~James Palloto
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    I would highly recommend Stu, his engaging personality was a real hook for the students and his messages were ones that many of them could identify with. The humour was great and the students shared that they enjoyed the presentation.

    ~Teresa Fowler - W.H. Croxford High School, Airdrie, Alberta
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    Stu is personable. Students are willing to listen to him. They enjoy listening to him. He has a message, but he is also entertaining. He is fun to listen to and students don’t feel talked down to or preached at.

    ~Tanya Lacey - McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, ON
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    I was at the OCA conference on May 6th, and I just wanted to thank you on being such a wicked keynote… you definitely put me back in the camp mindset and reminded me of what’s truly important about the up-coming summer. Once again, a job very well done.

    ~Emily Summers
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    The students really enjoyed Stu’s humour and low-key but critical message about getting involved and getting the most out of their High School experience. I would recommend Stu as a speaker who relates well to students, is funny, and gets the message out without preaching.

    Thank you,

    ~Lynn Toye